Topic: Teaching beginning reed makers -- Need thoughts and suggestions
I am finding that my college students are not being very successful at making reeds. We have tried it all....I keep a copy of a very famous reed making book in the reed room and tell them to make me 5 reeds before their next lesson, etc.
The thing we/I am struggling with the most is teaching them the basic knife technique needed to take off the right amount of cane in the rough scraping stages. I feel badly because I think the biggest problem is that I'm not doing a good enough job "explaining" and "showing" them for them to get it correct and be successful in the rough scraping stages.
I would be very interested in your thoughts/bag of tricks and ideas of how you teach your students beginning reed making techniques and knife technique and cane removal. Reed making is a process, however I would like them to at least be able to get a "crow" of some sort from a rough scrape. They have been attempting this now since September.
Professor of Oboe/EH - Youngstown State University
Howland Schools - MS (director of bands); HS (Asst. Dir of Bands, Marching, Symphonic)